Analysis of County Exec. Abele’s “park patrol” plan shows increased service, tax savings
Press release via the Milwaukee County Executive about his recently proposed plan to have municipal police respond to service calls in Milwaukee County Parks instead of the Sheriff's Dept.:
MILWAUKEE –A just released analysis of the proposed Parks Patrol Plan between Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee shows that County taxpayers will save more than $5 million over three years.
The independently elected Milwaukee County Comptroller released a report today that shows $1.5 million savings in the first year. Based on that number and average rising costs the following two years, County taxpayers will see savings from 2013 – 2015 of $5.2 million.
Under the proposal that the County Board is considering, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) will formally assume policing duties in 2013 at County Parks in the City of Milwaukee, including the Lakefront. Milwaukee Police will also handle cellular 911 calls made in the City of Milwaukee, eliminating the current step where the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office takes the calls and transfers them to Milwaukee.
This should be good news for those who favor lower taxes and increased service. Personally, I'm hoping this plan makes it through the County Board and especially like the fact that cell phone calls will be routed right to the city instead of going through the extra step of the Sheriff's Office taking the call then handing it off to City police.